Food Matters to Your Skin!

You may think you’re doing everything right, but food matters to your skin!

We know, we know: you wash your face in the morning, apply a moisturizer and SPF under your Smart Cover concealer, and limit your time in the sun. At the end of the day, you wash off the day’s dirt and makeup with Smart Cover Cleanser & Makeup Remover, and you even use a night cream to help rebuild skin cells and fight free radicals while you sleep for seven to eight hours. But guess what? Food matters to your skin!

If your diet’s not right, your skin won’t be right.

Even if you have the kind of metabolism that allows you to eat a double cheeseburger and wash it down with a chocolate shake without gaining an ounce, you may very well gain a blemish or two from all that sugar and starch. Allure.com writer Elizabeth Siegel notes that the jury is still out in terms of whether dairy really does cause breakouts, but it has been established that “too much sugar can break down collagen and elastin, making your skin look dull and causing wrinkles over time.”

So what foods should you eat for better skin?

Foods with lots of vitamin C, like strawberries, broccoli and citrus fruits, according to Self.com, help with the production of collagen. Collagen, of course, is what keeps your skin looking youthful and fresh.

Almonds and sunflower seeds contain Vitamin E, which help protect your skin from the sun—but you still need to wear sunblock!

Of course, leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach are great for you on a number of levels. When it comes to your skin, these foods are rich in Vitamin A, which helps with cell production and turnover, and can also help fight free radicals, which advance the aging process.

Smart Cover concealers can hide your blemishes and imperfections, but the right diet will help keep those blemishes from ever appearing in the first place!

Freckles Are Having A Moment!

It would appear that freckles are having a moment. This is quite a paradigm shift!

In popular Western culture, freckles were often associated with endearingly mischievous children, like the famous comic strip character Dennis the Menace. Freckles were almost used as a shorthand to convey youthful impishness. They were not typically considered a beauty trait.

This was illustrated in the beloved literary classic Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. Anne’s red hair and freckles were a source of frustration to her, and as she grew up and became more beautiful, her freckles faded.

Love Your Freckles

A more positive attitude about freckles came from Pippi Longstocking, the character created by Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi happened upon a sign outside a store window. It read: “Do you suffer from freckles?”

The very freckled Pippi marched into the store and told the lady behind the counter that she did not suffer from freckles.

“[The lady] took one look at Pippi and burst out, ‘But, my dear child, your whole face is covered with freckles!’

‘I know that,’ said Pippi, ‘but I don’t suffer from them. I love them. Good morning.’”

Freckles Are Having A Moment

At long last, it seems like the world is catching up to Pippi. Instead of hiding freckles with concealer, beauty trends are moving in the opposite direction. There are now makeup pencils made expressly for drawing faux freckles. Indeed, freckles have become such a sought-after beauty trait, that people are getting permanent freckle tattoos!

If you still feel like covering up your freckles, of course that’s your prerogative. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème can cover freckles, as well as most other skin concerns. If you want to show your freckles, try the Smart Cover Stick to conceal dark eye circles and blemishes, and touch up with the Compact Finishing Powder. Complete the look with the Two-in-One Glowstick on your lips and cheeks.

Your lovely freckles will shine through and so will your natural beauty!

Do you wear short shorts?

Whether you actually wear short shorts or you prefer longer, more relaxed styles, you’re undoubtedly showing some leg this time of year, and you have plenty of options.

According to fashion writer Ana Colon for Glamour.com, “Bermuda shorts are undergoing a reinvention, and this season they’re reentering mainstream retail, with various interpretations—from baggy to fitted, from khaki to denim—available for any shoppers who would like just a little bit more coverage, please.”

If you want something a little more form-fitting, the 90’s trend of bike shorts as mainstream attire is making a major comeback. Whether you remember this look from the first go-around, or like this young Buzzfeed writer, it’s all new to you, bike shorts can be a comfy way of baring your legs without showing too much skin.

Of course, there are always capris if you want to feel nice and covered but still show off your shapely calves, and stay cool! It’s a classic look that can be dressed up or down and works for most body types. Cropped pants, which really just bare your ankles, look great with sandals or even flip-flops, and definitely evoke the feeling of summer.

Show Some Leg!

If you have varicose veins, bruises, or any other skin concerns on your legs, Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will hide them for you. Choose a shade that matches your skin tone, and don’t be afraid to mix shades for a perfect match.

To create a sun-kissed look without having to reckon with potentially harmful UV rays, try Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer, which works on the face and body. What’s great about applying the Believable Bronzer to your legs is that it not only makes them look tanned, but it instantly gives them a leaner, more toned appearance! You may just sport some short shorts, after all!

Fun Makeup Tips for the 4th of July!

If you’re the patriotic type, we have fun makeup tips for the 4th of July! Summer flies by, so savor your time with family and friends, enjoy all the backyard barbecues and fireworks. And if you’re really feeling festive, why not let your makeup reflect your mood?

Fun Makeup Tips for the 4th of July

You’re probably already rocking a red, white and blue outfit, so really make it pop with a bold red lip. “When it comes to makeup there is no bigger statement than red lips. The look is stunning, attention grabbing and a timeless classic. And the best thing is that anyone can pull off red lips,” writes Kate for Hairstyler.com.

Glittery makeup is very on-trend right now, according to Makeup.com. Sparkly eye shadow is the perfect way to show how much you love America! If you want to be a little more subtle while accentuating your Independence Day eyes, try white eyeliner. Cosmopolitan.com beauty writer Carly Cardellino notes that sometimes a simple white cat-eye is all you need:

“Just trace your upper lid with a white pencil and flick the pencil toward the outer corner of your eye, like you’re drawing a check mark. If you’re a newbie at creating the winged look, hold a business card at an angle at the outer corner of your eye and use the straight edge of the card as a guide.”

We’re now in the thick hot, sticky summer, so make Smart Cover’s Compact Finishing Powder part of your July 4th makeup regimen. It’ll keep your skin looking smooth and shine-free. Smart Cover’s waterproof Concealing Crème will cover any skin issues so you can focus on celebrating life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

We all want to be attractive, but what’s the top cosmetic procedure in America?

Trends may vary, but wanting to be beautiful at all costs is universal. People will endure untold discomfort, spend thousands of dollars, and even put their own health at risk to achieve that elusive aesthetic ideal.

In Kayan, Burma, there is a fading tradition of what is known as the “giraffe women,” who would wear stacks of metal rings around their necks to elongate them. Never mind the pain and loss of mobility this surely must cause; it is all in the name of beauty. It should be noted, of course, that with the increasing prosperity and modernization of Myanmar, there are now estimated to be fewer than 100 women still upholding this practice in Burma.

What’s the Top Cosmetic Procedure in America?

Here in the United States, breast augmentation continues to be number one on the list of top cosmetic procedures. Eyelid surgeries, rhinoplasty (also known as nose jobs), tummy tucks, and liposuction procedures round out the top five. Thankfully, elective surgeries are safer and yield better, more natural-looking results today than they did when these procedures were still in their experimental phases. Still, it’s important to remember that there is an inherent risk any time you sign up for surgery.

Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons and decided that cosmetic surgery is the right choice for you, you’ll want to have support around you as you recover. In a perfect world, you will of course emerge looking and feeling like the very best version of yourself. As you’re healing, remember that Smart Cover Concealing Crème hides scars, and you can use it on your face and body.

If you’re still undecided about undergoing a cosmetic procedure, Smart Cover Cosmetics has a host of products to make you feel confident and beautiful… no doctor required!

Summer Skin Care Tips from Smart Cover

Of all the summer skin care tips, the most important is to protect your skin from the sun’s potentially harmful ultraviolet rays. You need SPF 30 or higher, applied before your makeup, and preferably a half hour before you head outside.

Summer Skin Care Tips

If you’re having a true outdoors day, perhaps at the beach or a water park, you’ll want to reapply your sunblock every two hours. Remember that your lips need protection too, so find a lip balm that contains SPF 30 as well. Too often, people overlook their lips in terms of sun protection and end up with cracked, sunburned lips or worse.

In the summer, your skin tends to produce more oil. This doesn’t mean that you don’t need to moisturize now, it just means that you can use your moisturizer a little more sparingly. And of course, stick to oil-free moisturizers.

Washing your face before bed is especially important in the summer. Your skin’s increased oils mix with sweat, whatever’s left of the day’s makeup, and of course the dirt and pollution that accumulates on your skin just from daily exposure to the environment.

Smart Cover’s Makeup Remover and Cleanser thoroughly washes and conditions your skin with its fruit acid and papaya enzyme formula, and you can use it not just on your face, but on your whole body. It easily removes even Smart Cover’s long-lasting concealers, and leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth.

Taking care of your skin from the inside out is important, too. Drinking plenty of water is not only necessary for your well-being, but it will keep your skin looking beautiful and healthy. Also, eat lots of leafy green veggies and antioxidant-rich fruits. At this time of year, they’re in great abundance from local farmers.

Be mindful about what you put into your body, and your skin will thank you!

Make A Splash with Smart Cover

Are you ready to make a splash with Smart Cover?With Memorial Day weekend in our rearview mirror already, summer fun is in full swing! Barbecues, pool parties, beach days, and even visits to theme parks may be in your very near future. By now, you know that outdoor activities have to be preceded by a generous slathering of SPF 30 or higher, to protect your skin. You should also keep your head covered when possible, ideally with a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face from too much sun.

Health experts advise that while you’re spending time outside on a hot day, that you hydrate consistently, preferably with pure water, or fruit juice with no sugar added. While iced coffee or a frozen margarita may sound highly appealing on a sweltering summer afternoon, Healthline.com advises against consuming alcohol and caffeine when it’s too hot out. Both actually have a dehydrating effect on the body.

Make A Splash with Smart Cover

Splashing around in the ocean, backyard pool, or even running through the sprinkler on your front lawn will make you feel like a kid again and give you some relief from the hot temperatures. If you normally cover varicose veins, birthmarks or other skin issues with Smart Cover Concealing Crème, you may wonder if it’s okay to get it wet. On a day when you do feel like covering up a skin concern, you want to make sure it will stay that way. It will!

Our Concealing Crème is like no other cosmetic product. It goes on creamy and dries to a matte finish without setting powder. Best of all, it stays on until you’re ready for it to come off (just use warm water and a little soap). With Smart Cover, you can enjoy the outdoors without worrying about your concealer. So wade into the ocean! Take a dip in the pool! And dive into summer!

The Bronze Goes to You!

If you want the beauty effects of the sun without the sun, the bronze goes to you!

We use blush to mimic the natural rosiness that results from cardiovascular activity, or the effect of the cold air on your cheeks in the winter. It can be a sweet but subtle way of adding the spark of youth to your appearance.

The Bronze Goes to You

While a rosy glow is never out of fashion, as summer approaches, a lot of women would rather look as if they’ve been kissed by the sun than by Jack Frost.A great way to achieve this (while avoiding the sun) is with Smart Cover’s Believable Bronzer! You can keep on protecting your skin  from the potential dangers of UV rays while looking like a sun-worshipping goddess.

Bronzer can also be used for contouring, if you want to create the illusion of higher, more defined cheekbones. It can minimize the appearance of a round face, too, if you want a slimmer look. Beauty writer Rajana Tony of Pinkmirror.com offers some easy steps to get this effect:

“Suck in your cheeks and sweep into the hollow in an angled up and down motion from your temples. Blend the remaining product in an E-shaped motion at the sides of your face, darkening the forehead edge, the cheek hollow and the bottom of your chin.”

For even more guidance in how to apply bronzer, check out this video featuring one of Smart Cover’s favorite makeup artists. There are so many amazing beauty tools and cosmetic products on the market that it can sometimes be a little intimidating. The key is to start by asking yourself what you want to see when you look in the mirror. Once you have that image in your mind, we can help you get there. All you need is a vision… and a little Smart Cover!

Smart Cover and Sunscreen

Smart Cover and sunscreen make a beautiful team! It’s late spring, and we are all so ready to enjoy the sunshine! But you know better than to soak up any of those sweet rays without first applying a layer or two of sunblock… right?

If you’re a Smart Cover lover, then one or more of our products is a probably a part of your daily routine. Whether you never leave the house without using the Smart Cover Stick to hide your under-eye circles, or you’re a devotee of our amazing Concealing Crème, your beauty regimen wouldn’t be complete without Smart Cover.

Smart Cover and Sunscreen

But protecting your skin from the sun needs to be just as much a part of your routine. Our customers often ask us if Smart Cover products contain SPF. While the density of the pigments used does have some protective properties, SPF evaluations have not been done on our products. Therefore, we recommend you apply a sunscreen first, and then apply your favorite Smart Cover makeup.

Fortunately, there are a number of sunscreen products on the market now that will provide you with the sun protection you need, without compromising your makeup or clogging up your pores. It’s best to try a few brands on your own, to see what works best for your unique skin type.

For example, for a sunscreen that hydrates without being overly greasy, perhaps try something infused with argan oil. Its high Vitamin E and fatty content makes it a natural skin softener. If you have sensitive skin, look for a sunscreen that does not contain paraben, sulphates, or artificial fragrances.

Most importantly, be sure that any sunscreen you choose has “broad spectrum UV coverage” on the label and aim for SPF 30 and higher. Make daily  sunscreen application an essential step in your ongoing quest to be your best, healthiest self!

The Smart Money’s on You

If you’re a Smart Cover lover, then the smart money’s on you. Bargains are not just for those of us with modest incomes. In fact, research has indicated that many wealthy people get that way (and stay that way!) by seeking out the best deals. As David Anderson and Jessica Orwig report for Business Insider, rich people spend modestly, and when they do make a purchase, it’s a preplanned and carefully considered decision.

The Smart Money’s on You

You may not be a millionaire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt some of their smart habits! If you’re like most women, you use concealers on a daily basis to cover minor skin flaws or to even out your skin tone. You know what works for you in terms of shade and consistency. So why not pay half as much for twice the convenience? With the Smart Plan, you get your favorite Smart Cover products shipped to you automatically, for half the regular cost!

There are other ways we “normal folk” can emulate the rich, and it’s easier than you think.  Self-help icon and financial guru Tony Robbins asserts that even someone who is living paycheck to paycheck can afford to pay themselves. If the government imposes a tax on you, argues Robbins, you find a way to pay it. He suggests taxing yourself and finding creative ways to spend less in the present, in order to save for the future.

Robbins states that you don’t have to start off with a lot of money in order to accumulate wealth: “In reality, a small amount of money consistently set aside will provide a greater ability to achieve financial freedom.”

With the Smart Plan, you save 50% on products you consistently purchase anyway, and if you want to make any changes to your plan, a live Smart Cover representative is just a phone call away. There’s no better time than right now to make a change for the better, and start planning for a beautiful future!